The challenge of mining rare-earth materials outside China
By American Chemical Society Thursday, July 30, 2015
Five years ago, the cost of rare-earth materials that are critical for today’s electronics went through the roof. An export quota set by China, which mines most of the world’s rare earths, caused the price run-up. Though short-lived, the occurrence spurred calls for developing mines outside China, but whether others can challenge the country’s dominance remains to be seen, reports Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society.
Job Losses from Coal Closures Dwarf Gains from Wind Industry
By Institute for Energy Research Thursday, July 30, 2015
As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threatens to shut down vast amounts of coal power plants, the federal government continues to shower renewable energy producers with billions of dollars in subsidies and tax incentives. Despite claims from the wind industry itself that is it now cost competitive, Sen. Grassley (R–IA) recently sent a Production Tax Credit (PTC)—a multi-billion dollar subsidy for wind power—largely on the basis of alleged job creation.
S.C. attorney champions “American energy revolution” at international energy summit
By News on the Net Wednesday, July 29, 2015
CAMDEN, S.C. – Environmental attorney Tom Mullikin was described in a recent edition of Alberta Oil magazine as “extolling the glories of the American energy revolution and raining fire and brimstone on the great apostates.”
Warren Buffett And Elon Musk To Spark A Lithium Boom
By Oilprice.com Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The age of electrification across the transportation sector, the solar panel revolution, and Tesla’s battery gigafactory are igniting a battle for the cheapest battery. That will transform lithium into a boom-time mineral and the hottest commodity on the energy investor’s radar. It has been easy to take lithium for granted. This wonder mineral is the backbone of our everyday lives, popping up in everything from the glass in our windows to our mountains of electronics.
EPA deletes “navigable” from statute – states sue
By Ron Arnold Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Twenty-nine states, more than half the stars on the American flag, have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for redefining the “Waters of the United States,” or WOTUS. EPA rewrote the law, erasing “navigable” and usurping states’ rights by including local seasonal streams, farm irrigation ponds, roadside ditches, and even “connective” dry lands placed under authority of the Clean Water Act.
The WOTUS rule, published the morning of June 29, potentially subjects every food, energy, transportation and manufacturing industry in the nation to high-handed regulation by one of the most reviled and least trusted federal agencies, dreaded for its cadre of “revolving door” officials hired from anti-industry green groups.
Global warming update: There’s still snow on the ground in Buffalo
By Dan Calabrese Tuesday, July 28, 2015
You remember the Snowvember storm that slammed Buffalo, right? It forced the Bills out of a scheduled home game. It piled six feet of snow on the western New York stronghold. You figured the snow would take a long time to melt. But surely it would all be gone by late July, yes?
Pesticides From Plants
By Jack Dini Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Plants do not have the option of fleeing from predators. As a consequence, they have developed an elaborate set of chemical defenses to ward off insects and other creatures that want to make them into a meal.
What Killed the Mammoths—Heatstroke or Frostbite?
By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A new study on the woolly mammoth has linked their demise, approximately 10,000 years ago, to – what else could it be but “climate change.“ The progressive news media are all over it.
Saudis Expand Price War Downstream
By Oilprice.com Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The undisputed king of oil and gas is making some moves that could change the face of the global refining sector.
Obama: Iranian oil, good. Canadian oil, bad. American oil, bad.
By Marita Noon Monday, July 27, 2015
President Obama’s confusing approach to energy encourages our enemies who shout “death to America,” while penalizing our closest allies and even our own job creators.
Britain Gives Up Trying To Lead World On CO2 Emissions
By Guest Column Monday, July 27, 2015
Britain will go no faster than other countries in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the government has signalled. In a speech setting out the government’s position on climate change, Amber Rudd, the energy secretary, said that the need to cut emissions had to be balanced against the requirement to protect the economy and keep down energy bills. —Ben Webster, The Times, 24 July 2015
Wind Lobby’s Critique of IER Study Fails on All Fronts
By Institute for Energy Research Friday, July 24, 2015
IER recently released a first-of-its-kind study on the cost of electricity from the existing generation fleet, titled “The Levelized Cost of Electricity from Existing Generation Resources.” A major takeaway from the study is that the cost of electricity from new wind resources is three times more expensive than electricity from existing nuclear, hydroelectric, and coal power plants. Power from new combined cycle natural gas plants—the lowest-cost new source of electricity—is about twice as expensive as existing coal-fired electricity.
NASA’s James Hansen gets dissed by global warming establishment!
By Marc Morano Friday, July 24, 2015
Former Top NASA Scientist James Hansen Predicts Catastrophic Rise In Sea Levels – ‘Projects sea levels rising as much as 10 feet in the next 50 years.’
UK Government Axes Green Deal
By Guest Column Friday, July 24, 2015
The government has signed the death warrant for another environmental scheme, this time the Green Deal energy-saving programme that ministers once called the biggest home improvement measure since the second world war. A day after moving to axe solar farm and woodchip power subsidies, Amber Rudd, the energy and climate change secretary, said the government was pulling funding for the finance company that delivers the Green Deal scheme, in order to “protect taxpayers”.—Pilita Clark, Financial Times, 24 July 2015
Five Charts That Blow Apart EPA’s Asthma Claims
By Institute for Energy Research Thursday, July 23, 2015
In an attempt to garner support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, President Obama and EPA officials have taken to linking climate change to an issue that hits most Americans close to home: asthma. The problem is that carbon dioxide—which the rule regulates—does not cause asthma.